December 2019 Highlights

Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids

Looking for some great gift ideas for the holidays, here are a few North Phoenix Family’s recommendations for children.

Ravensburger: Ravensburger has a long history of producing puzzles and award-winning board games. That tradition continues this year with a collection of puzzles based on hit Disney films Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4. With different puzzles in different size pieces perfect for any age, family’s are sure to find the right gift for any age child. Prices range from $12.99 to $15.49. 

Board game lovers are sure to find their next favorite with Ravnensburger. Popular this year is: kNOW! ($29.99), the first always up to date quiz game. Using Google Assistant on a smartphone, answers can change depending on when the game is played, new content is released regularly for free and for those who don’t like reading the rules, Google Assistant will take players through the game. 

Muggles and wizards alike will enjoy Harry Potter Labyrinth ($34.99). This maze game provides endlessly exciting ways to find new paths to Wizarding World characters. 

Classic movie monster fans are sure to enjoy Horrified ($44.99), a cooperative game pitting a team of heroes up against Universal’s classic monsters, including Dracula and the Mummy. Depending on who is challenged, the game’s difficulty is changed.

For more information about Ravensburger and all their great products, visit their website at

Madame Alexander Doll Company: Madame Alexander is a name long associated with the highest quality of dolls and the tradition continues this year. Some highlights for 2019 include:

The Splash and Play Mermaid ($49.95). This doll has a fully submersible soft body, perfect for playtime in the bathtub. With a mermaid swim set and hooded towel tail and fish toy, this doll is ready for a day in the water.

The Small Wonder ($17.99 for 14”/$29.99 for 18”) dolls available at Target are dressed in comfortable sleepers and hats with weighted soft cloth bodies, making them perfect for cuddles. My First Mint newborn dolls ($34.99) are perfect first dolls for any girl or boy, and have soft fabric bodies, ready to be adored.

For more information on the Madame Alexander Doll Company, visit their website at 

SpongeBob Squarepants: “Are you ready kids?” to celebrate 20 years of everyone’s friend who lives under the sea, SpongeBob Squarepants? From mini plush figures ($7.99) of beloved characters to Slow Cookers ($39.99) and Bioworld backpacks ($59.90), there’s something fans of all ages are sure to fall in  love with. A real highlight is the Giggle Blaster ($19.99), a fun blaster which sprays silly string and has more than 15 SpongeBob phrases. For more information on SpongeBob, find them on social media channels at @SpongeBob.

Holiday (and the rest of the year) Pajamas: Looking for the most comfortable pajamas imaginable? Then Shinesty ( has you covered. (As a bit of editorial note, our family loves the Gingerbread Ninja Pajamas.) Available in matching sets for everyone in the family, Shinesty pajamas are the softest available on the planet. Need more than pajamas, check out their line of holiday suits and dresses and even underwear. And when the holidays are over, they feature other clothes as well, including onesies featuring your favorite sports team and Hawaiian shirts with your favorite players.

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